Every few years with a new crop of judges and bailiffs, we are forced to repeat this.
The State of Florida FORBIDS closing courtrooms to the public except under certain limited circumstances which involve, among other things, notice to the media.
Because judges are involved, we will take extra care to explain these simple legal principles.
A judge/bailiff CANNOT legally bar anyone from a courtroom. All those "no babies" or "no children" signs on your courtroom doors are PATENTLY ILLEGAL.
Nor can a judge or bailiff bar anyone- any family member, any member of the public from sitting in a courtroom, no matter how busy that courtroom is. Sorry, but you bailiffs who are itching for some power, you have none, when it comes to who may go into a courtroom at any time.
This is not Cuba, or North Korea or Iran or Texas. This is Florida and the United States of America. Courtrooms are open to the public. Period. Deal with it.
Here's a practice hint: The most enlightened of judges will send their bailiffs to get the name of a person in their courtroom with a young child or baby so they can call that case out of turn.
Helping the public instead of throwing your weight around. Now there is a novel idea!
OF TEDDY BEARS AND MEN.
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